Riccall opened in 1942 as part of the Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) training crews on the Halifax. After a busy wartime career the base was eventually handed over to Transport Command in 1945.

The RAF used the site for storage purposes for a short time with No91 Maintenance Unit and eventually the site was vacated and much of the airfield was dismantled.

The control tower was demolished and the hangers removed (although I do think there may be one still standing re-clad).

Riccall is one of the best of the wartime airfields to explore with nearly all of the site publicly accessible, it is best to visit during winter when most of the foliage has died down.

Large sections of runway can be found along with the perimeter track and dispersals. The bomb dump is still there, now part of Skipwith Common Nature Reserve. There is a car park on King Rudding Lane off the A19 heading towards York at Riccall village.


On the south side of the airfield (lower map) you can find quite a lot of the dispersed buildings and accommodation blocks. This land is now within a working farm or privately owned.

You will have to speak to the farmer to actually go on to the site but most of the buildings can be seen from the road.

Riccall can be found by using Ordnance Survey Map 105 location SE636365.

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